Fossum’s first Inspector Konrad Sejer mystery has lyrical, emotionally intense writing and many twists and turns, but the ending turns into a surprise that gathers all the strands into a complicated solution. Part of the story’s appeal is the extended look at the characters’ families, which brings out all the complications in even loving relationships.
A single mother and her young daughter find a body floating in the river by which they are walking. The dead man, Egil, was killed months ago. Sejer and his team know there was passion in the attack, but Egil wasn’t a man to attract passion. The inspector has another unsolved crime involving the violent death of a woman who lived near the bar where Egil and his pals hung out. Is there a connection? (HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT, Aug., 292 pp., $25.00)